July 10, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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The coalition includes the Humane Society and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine.

Daryl DeJoy from the Wildlife Alliance says the referendum aims to “bring the concepts of fair chase and ethics back to the time-honored tradition of hunting in Maine.”

Thirty-two states allow bear hunting but referendum supporters say none of them allows all three techniques: dogs, baiting and trapping.

WATERBORO

Bail set for two local men facing robbery charges

Two Waterboro men face robbery charges after an attack at a beach at Lake Arrowhead. The York County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for help at 7:30 p.m. Friday and found the victim, who had sought refuge in a nearby house, had been robbed of $140, alcohol and his cellphone, according to Chief Deputy William King. The man said he knew one of his attackers.

Deputies arrested Justin Poretta, 26, and Robert Lord, 20. After an initial hearing Monday, the two are being held in York County Jail on $7,500 and $5,000 bail, respectively, pending a Sept. 3 court date.

BIDDEFORD

Baldwin man missing since July 1 found, returned home

A Baldwin man who was reported missing more than a week ago was found Tuesday in Biddeford.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Capt. Craig Smith said authorities found David Buckley, 29, and returned him to his home. Smith said Buckley was “in good shape.”

Buckley’s mother reported him missing on July 1. He was last seen on Route 202 near Hollis.

At the time, police said they were concerned because Buckley has a medical condition that could have left him vulnerable to exploitation. Buckley had left home before.

EASTBROOK

Man’s death being treated as suspected drowning

Law enforcement officials are treating the death of a Maine man whose body was found in a small pond as a suspected drowning.

Police say an autopsy was done Monday on the body of George Francis, 24, of Eastbrook, but further studies were needed to determine the cause of death.

Francis was last seen Friday night and his family reported him missing on Monday. Wardens and a State Police dog found the body Monday night in a pond near his home.

LEWISTON

Teenager saved life of boy who fell in river, police say

Police are crediting the quick thinking of a 14-year-old Lewiston youth with saving the life of a 7-year-old boy who had fallen into the Androscoggin River.

Andrew Bilodeau admits he was scared when he waded into the river behind his family’s apartment on July 3 after hearing cries of the boy’s friends. He told the Sun Journal that at first he couldn’t see the boy, but then he spotted bluish lips and a nose poking through the surface. Andrew wrapped his arms around the boy’s midsection and dragged the limp body up the bank, fearing the child was dead.

AUGUSTA

Changes to guardian ad litem system signed into law

Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill Monday to reform the state’s guardian ad litem system.

L.D. 872 restructures the current program and proposes sweeping changes to the program, including a better definition of the role, a new management structure, a database to track guardians’ work, and increased requirements to qualify as a guardian ad litem.

Most of the state’s 300 guardians ad litem are lawyers; some are mental health workers. They are appointed by judges in probate court cases such as adoptions or to protect the interests of disabled people, cases in which the Department of Health and Human Services intervenes to protect neglected and abused children, and in some divorce or family matter cases.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Dutremble, was supported by parents who felt they were wronged by guardians’ actions in their cases, and opposed by some guardians, who said some of the reforms could open up guardians to civil action by unhappy parents.

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